Wednesday 29 May 2019

Time to wake up and smell the coffee

The time has now come to consider the challenge we will face in the Championship next season. It has the least level playing field of any division. Many clubs are receiving generous parachute payments and/or have been able to sell higher level players at a big profit (Stoke City want Bournemouth to pay £30m for Butland).

Others have generous owners who are prepared to bend the financial fair play rules to help their clubs, most recently Derby County with a sale and lease back deal for Pride Park which has led Boro to sue them.

One thing is clear: the last thing a Championship club needs is a stingy owner: Championship finances: an authoritative verdict

Charlton do not want to be the new Rotherham.

As the dust settles, Richard Cawley of the SLP gives his verdict on the scale of Lee Bowyer's achievement: Unbelievable that contract has not been sorted

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